I’ve been working in Greenland as a heliguide since 2005. This is one of the most beautiful places where our company Helipro organizes heliskiing programs. It’s a land of open water, fjords, huge icebergs, icecaps and of course the local Inuits.
Seeing these icebergs all the time, I dreamed about shooting somebody riding on one. On May 2014 we got the chance to organize it. We invited our old friend Gigi Rüf, who had already joined us on different trips to Chile and Patagonia.
For a few days we went scouting, searching for the right iceberg. It had to be solid, big, and even better if it was wedged on the sea floor. Finally we found one, pretty close to the island where we were staying. Our heli pilot said that he could bring us close to this iceberg, but he was afraid to land on it. So we organized a boat from the closest Inuit village, Kulusuk. We tried to find access to the iceberg with the boat, but it was impossible with all the ice in the bay. We checked with the pilot again and he agreed to try. First I shot from the closest island, but I didn’t like the angle, so I jumped in the heli and asked if Gigi could do a couple more tries. He wore a life vest under his jacket and for sure we had some safety backup plans! Still, it was a pretty risky event. Finally, I got the shot I’d been dreaming about all these years. Later, in August 2014 TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine published this photo on its cover. That was another dream come true.